Natural Psoriasis Skin Treatment
Your skin is one of your primary concerns when it comes to psoriasis. So far, we have explored and learned about what to eat when you have psoriasis, lifestyle and environmental considerations, and how stress affects the mind and immune system. We have looked at the link between yeast infections and psoriasis, the importance of cleansing and detoxification and how leaky gut syndrome is one of the big contributing factors in the underlying inflammation that most all psoriasis patients suffer with. For some psoriasis patients I see, seeking relief from skin problems can be their lifelong quest. Many people search everywhere for that perfect cure yet never quite seem to find it, even after buying self-help books, and spending lots of time and money searching for cures which eventuate to nothing more than wasted money and time.
Psoriasis patients will always find that there are plenty of pharmaceutical medications, creams, pastes, gels, and lotions & potions out there, but all too many of these potions don’t always work and some can be quite expensive. Have you noticed how it gets time consuming and expensive to dab creams or ointments all over the body several times a day? Others tell me that they can’t keep up with all the creams, pills and capsules they take every day. In my experience, most people just want something that is quick, simple, cheap, a product that actually does the job and works.
In this webpage, let’s take a brief look at topical (applied directly to the skin) treatments. My book called Psoriasis and What To Do With Your Skin is comprehensive and contains over 30 pages information, some you will have not seen before. This book is part of my 12-part series called The Psoriasis Program.
Most all psoriasis patients I see ask me during the first consultation “What are the best things to apply to my skin”, and my reply will generally be the following: “ If you want to get rid of your psoriasis, topical treatments are not as important as lifestyle and dietary considerations”. This may at first appear strange to many people, who may well believe that by applying creams, ointments or other skin preparations you will be curing psoriasis. Naturally I will make suggestions and give several recommendations as to the best natural solutions for skin treatments when it comes to psoriasis, but I never encourage a strong focus in this area at the expense of neglecting those. Topical treatments should be used to bring comfort to the skin and never be thought of as “curative” agents.
Skin treatments for psoriasis are the first medications generally prescribed by medical doctors, as they believe that psoriasis is primarily a disease affecting a person’s skin, with little to no consideration given to dietary or lifestyle factors. Topical medications are generally prescribed when a person’s psoriasis involves only a few areas of the body, or is not creating a lot of discomfort for the patient. In some instances, this can be an effective way of controlling symptoms, but is never “curative” treatment.
Psoriasis Skin Care Blog
Make sure you check out our psoriasis skin care blog pages, there is some very useful information here about what to do with your skin. Of course, you will find a lot more information in the book entitled – Psoriasis and What To Do With Your Skin. This is only one of the twelve books available as part of The Psoriasis Program.
Avoid Cortisone-Based Skin Treatments
Mostly, the treatment that your doctor is able to offer you for psoriasis is the application of a cortisone-based product. Although these drugs may relieve symptoms for relatively short periods of time, the side-effects normally include damaged skin, and the crazy thing is that patients are encouraged to use cortisone based skin preparations for the rest of their lives. My advice is never to begin with cortisone products in the first place, even if your doctor or dermatologist recommends them.
If you are already using cortisone products, my advice is gradually to decrease the use of cortisone (to avoid the reaction which can occur if the cortisone is stopped suddenly) and then to continue treatment with my natural skin care recommendations as outlined in this booklet. Those who have used cortisone based creams or ointments for extended periods, as well as any other pharmaceutical drug treatments targeting psoriasis, will most certainly benefit from cleansing and detoxification. You can read all about cleansing and detox in the booklet entitled: Psoriasis, Internal Cleansing And Detox.
When patients present to their doctor with more severe forms of psoriasis, they will be prescribed topical steroid treatment in addition to phototherapy (UV light treatment) along with systemic drug therapy. You will be able to read more about conventional medical psoriasis therapy in the next booklet in this Psoriasis Program series, entitled Psoriasis and Conventional Medicine Treatment.
Avoid Paraffin Based Skin-Care Products
Please try to avoid any ointments, creams and lotions containing Vaseline or Paraffin Oil. These suppress psoriasis symptoms and patients think they are well again but the psoriasis is still active in the body, ready to come out at an opportune moment, usually triggered by some kind of stress. Only use natural plant or seed-based oils on your skin. I was surprised to see even Dr. John Pagano (Healing Psoriasis) making recommendations in this excellent book for patients to use called Resinol, a pharmaceutical product that contains petrolatum. I’m certainly not a fan of Resinol because it is made primarily (55%) from petrolatum, which is a crude oil petroleum derivative.
Over the years I have met quite a few psoriasis patients who have shared with me some of their valuable hints and tips on how to reduce flare-ups, and also how to treat their skin when it does become problematic. I’ve also studied many psoriasis natural health books over the years and worked out different treatments for my psoriasis patients, you will be able to read about both in The Psoriasis Program.
The first steps to take if you have psoriasis are to understand what triggers your skin to flare up, and then what to do with your skin during a flare-up, especially right at the very onset, so that you will be able to quickly turn things around.